Actor and comedy legend Marlon Wayans says he's dealing with the same kind of "racism and classism" that affects other Black travelers after he was denied getting on a flight in Denver.
The incident, which took place on Friday, apparently involved Wayans being asked to gate-check a bag and getting a citation. Wayans put up a series of Instagram posts describing the incident with United Airlines.
USA Today reported that the airline told them in a statement, without naming the co-creator of the Scary Movie franchise, "A customer who had been told he would have to gate-check his bag instead pushed past a United employee at the jet bridge and attempted to board the aircraft."
Wayans was cited by the Denver Police and will be required to return in July to answer a charge of disturbing the peace. According to Wayans, the agent he dealt with was claiming assault, but that video footage shows he never touched the man. "He was desperate to have some authority," Wayans wrote. Wayans also complained that he missed stand-up shows; he wants the airline to apologize and pay him. (Gotta wonder if this would've played out differently if he really were a white chick.)
This is a far cry from some flying incidents involving man-babies and terrible travelers we've heard about lately. Let's hope United can live up to its name, because a big heap of beef has no place in the friendly skies.